Recommendation for lightweight breatheable rainjacket

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Recommendation for lightweight breatheable rainjacket

Post by jbinbi » Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:09 am

Title says it all. I am looking for a rainjacket that is extremely lightweight, re: highly packable into small space that is also breathable. It should have a hood and would like the hood to have a visor, but that might be asking for too much.

I have looked at many of the marine foul weather gear jackets that meet everything BUT lightweight and packable. Have found lots of rainjackets/ponchos that meet all but breathable.

Looked at hiking/camping jackets, but overwhelmed by the number of them and don't know which is best. Hoping some on the forum can share their experience/knowledge. Thanks.

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Re: Recommendation for lightweight breatheable rainjacket

Post by NT2C » Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:02 am

Try some of these choices that I go with a brief search: ... ?slotId=13 ... ?slotId=12 ... ?slotId=11 ... s?slotId=5

I highly recommend the Frogg Togg line. I have one of their lightweight rain suits and find it quite comfortable.
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Re: Recommendation for lightweight breatheable rainjacket

Post by Beowolf » Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:05 pm

Disclaimer: I don't really use rain jackets, so I have only limited firsthand experience.

But this link ( has evaluations for what you seem to be looking for, and every single brand is well known and has a good reputation in various backpacking, camping, hiking, or outdoorsy circles. Maybe something listed there fits your preferences.

I have an Eddie Bauer one I bought a few years ago that is relatively packable and effective, but it's not very breathable.
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Re: Recommendation for lightweight breatheable rainjacket

Post by RonnyRonin » Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:38 pm

Frogg Toggs is one of the few jackets currently available that will actually stay relatively waterproof and breathable throughout its lifespan, shorter though it may be.

Columbia has two new jackets in their outdry line that are very light and by all accounts both waterproof and breathable, but far more expensive; the Featherweight and the Caldorado.
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Re: Recommendation for lightweight breatheable rainjacket

Post by Brekar » Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:52 pm

I can attribute to the quality of a Frog Togg working well. I've had the same Frog Togg rain coat for 3 years, and use it frequently, most recently this past week where it rained 12+ inches in a 5 day period here in Kansas City.
I spent several days where I was in the rain for 5+ hours without respite, and never once got wet from the rain.
The jacket works well and don't break the bank.

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Re: Recommendation for lightweight breatheable rainjacket

Post by EBuff75 » Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:21 pm

I'll also chime in for Frog Toggs. I used mine tonight at a movie-in-the-cemetery event where our local CERT was assisting with parking. It kept me completely dry, which is what matters with rain gear!

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